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23 February 2022 

Latest handbook from FIP gives pharmacists guidance on supporting self-care

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Guidance for pharmacists on supporting self-care in six areas — sore throat, gastrointestinal complaints, musculoskeletal pain, fever in children, sexual health and disinfection — is given in a new handbook published by FIP today. 

“Community pharmacists already help people in self-care by giving advice on non-prescription medicines, nutrition, physical activity and lifestyle choices, but this new resource from FIP offers added support for these professional services that demonstrate our profession’s commitment to primary health care,” said Rúben Viegas, co-author of the handbook. “Empowering self-care: A handbook for pharmacists” aims to provide the pharmacy workforce with concise guidance on coaching practices and person-centred approaches to promoting and engaging in self-care. Supporting appropriate care of sore throat and good hygiene could also help reduce the use of antibiotics, the authors point out. The publication is also intended as an advocacy resource for FIP’s member organisations, as it discusses current trends and strategies in self-care and explores innovations adopted across several practice areas.

The handbook for pharmacists is FIP’s latest resource in the area of self-care, following:

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